Last Friday afternoon, the University Interscholastic League issued a statement in which they informed member schools across the state of Texas that all UIL-sanctioned activities would be suspended effective Monday.
The original release posted on the UIL website said,“To support the health and safety of our students and communities, we are suspending all UIL-sanctioned contests, rehearsals, practices, and workouts due to the outbreak of COVID-19, coronavirus, in Texas. This suspension is effecting March 16 through March 29.”
UIL executive director Charles Breithaupt said, “We are urging our member schools and their communities to stay vigilant and take every possible precaution to remain safe and healthy.
“We understand there is a lot of uncertainty during this unprecedented time. Please know that UIL leadership is working diligently to adjust to this rapidly evolving situation and will share updates as soon as possible,” said Breithaupt.
“The UIL has suspended all sports activities until March 29. Under the guidelines set forth by the UIL, they left it up to local school districts to determine whether to allow practices during this period,” said Uvalde High School athletic director R.T. Gonzales.
“We (UHS) will resume practices once our students return to school,” said Gonzales. “Our priority is the safety and health of our students.
“This is uncharted territory, but we will continue to operate under the recommendations of the UIL,” said Gonzales. “We also will work closely with our district executive committee.
“I have been in contact with all of the athletic directors in District 28-5A,” said Gonzales. “As the UIL releases statements and updates plans, we will assess our options and come up with the best solution for our students within UIL guidelines and our district.
“At this time all Uvalde CISD athletic facilities will be closed until classes resume and our students return,” said Gonzales.
In an announcement made Monday afternoon, the UIL adjusted district certification dates for soccer, golf, track-and-field, tennis, softball, and baseball.
Under the revised certification schedule, the certification date for soccer and track-and-field is April 11.
For golf, the certification date is April 14, while tennis must be certified by April 18.
The softball certification date is April 28, while baseball’s certification date now is May 5.
The district executive committee is responsible for determining all district schedules, meets, and tournament dates, along with determining procedures for deciding post-season district representatives.
It remains to be seen if the UIL suspension for athletic competition will be lifted after the March 29 date.
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